All it took was one big run for Javonte Williams' coach to know he was ready to step into a starring role. Now, after a breakout sophomore campaign that saw the Wallace-Rose Hill High School product elevate his game in all aspects, he's ready to prove those high expectations aren't misplaced.
During his time at UNC, Junior Edge, a former quarterback for the North Carolina football team, led the Tar Heels to their first ACC Championship.
To hear them tell it, it wasn’t losing another shot at the title that hurt the most; it was the idea of leaving head coach Anson Dorrance, their assistant coaches and teammates in Chapel Hill after coming so close to national glory on multiple occasions.
“It's just the nature of my sport,” senior Ryan Gerard said. “We don't generate TV revenue, except for maybe one tournament in the spring, where we make a little bit. But it's not like actually generating money; we’re still losing money. Like a lot of college sports, it’s just the way it is. People don't want to watch them as much as they'd rather watch the professional one.”
The food and beverage industry has already been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the restaurants and bars that line Franklin Street — which rely heavily on profits coming from foot traffic and fans coming to eat and drink on game days — the uncertainty surrounding the fall sports season brings with it fear.
After 22 seasons at the helm of the North Carolina baseball team, Mike Fox announced his retirement on Friday.
"The next time you see someone dressed up as a chief with a headdress and painted skin at a Kansas City Chiefs game, or doing the Tomahawk chop at a Braves game, ask yourself: is it OK to use that imagery and represent Native Americans the way we do, despite their demonstrated anger at those stereotypes and the tragedies they suffered as a result of American colonialism and expansion?"
Following the NBA's cancellation in March, a conclusion to the 2019-20 season once seemed uncertain. With the league's plan to resume play on July 30, here's a look at where some former Tar Heels stand entering play in the Orlando bubble.
With the marquee signing of five-star cornerback Tony Grimes on June 30, North Carolina’s football recruiting class of 2021 is now slated No. 3 in the nation, according to 247Sports. The last time the Tar Heels recruited a top 10 class was in 2007, the first recruiting class to come in under then-head coach Butch Davis.
Nowadays, sports channels' daytime programming is a glut of shows that all feel the same. Starting before sunrise, you can watch a mix of experts and big personalities debate each other for hours on end on a redundant set of topics that make up the day in sports.